What is Satire?

Definition: Satire is the literary art of diminishing a subject by making it ridiculous and evoking towards it attitudes of amusement, contempt or scorn. Characteristics: Satire uses laughter as a weapon to convince the listener or reader of the author’s position. Satire “derides” a problem or situation. Satire may be individual, this is called “Personal…

Types of Irony

1. Verbal Irony: This occurs when a character says one thing but suggests or intends the opposite.  For example, in Julius Caesar, Mark Antony says “and Brutus is an honorable man,” when he really means that Brutus is dishonorable because he has betrayed Caesar. Very similar to sarcasm, although sarcasm is harsh and direct while…